The Elephant in the Other Room: Working with Usability Test Observers

Working with users involves some real skill. Experienced facilitators will tell you, though, that users are nothing compared to the people behind the glass – the observers. 

This very experienced panel will go over some handy tips and tricks you can give your observers to help turn them into to a valuable resource and true partner. 

Some of the topics we will cover include: 

  • Developing an appreciation for your observers 
  • Motivating them to attend tests 
  • Getting them to pay attention 
  • Helping them interpret what they’re seeing 
  • Giving them some structure (for example, through a standard method of note taking) 
  • Getting them to focus on the big picture 
  • Preparing them to handle unexpected findings 
  • Helping them be less defensive 
  • Warning them against “solution-jumping” 
  • Getting the most out of them in debriefs 
  • Training and preparing them to be better observers 

And, of course, there will be plenty of time for questions.

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